Leicester Astronomical Society

About Us

The Leicester Astronomical Society meets at 7.30pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of most months at the National Space Centre, Leicester. We are a friendly group whose members have a wide range of expertise. In addition to the Tuesday evening meetings, observing sessions are held on some Saturdays when conditions permit. Non-members are welcome at all our meetings (charge of £1).

The talks on Tuesday nights cover all aspects of astronomy and are given by professionals, well-known amateurs and our own members.

We get involved in a number of public outreach events with organisations such as the National Space Centre and Leicester City Council.

A Brief History

On 14 October 1952, a number of enthusiasts met at the Leicester Museum, New Walk, Leicester to discuss the formation of an astronomical society. Among those attending was Councillor Alan Cooper. He suggested that the aims of the Society should be to promote activities relating to study of astronomy and allied subjects and to arrange visits to observatories.

Mr T A Walden, Director of the Museum, was in attendance and he mentioned that some time ago the Leicester Literacy and Philosophical Society had had a section devoted to astronomy. He thought that times were changing and that in view of progress made in the past few years a separate astronomical society would have a wider appeal.

Other venues

Over the past 50 years, the Society has met at a number of locations in the Leicester area including Gateway College, Judgemeadow Community College, Braunstone Civic Centre and now at the National Space Centre.


  1. Paul Masters
    7th September 2016

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    Hi everyone.
    Can I just confirm your next meeting is on 13th Sept. I’d like to come along and ask for some advice.
    I’m thinking of buying a telescope with the main purpose of photographing DSO.
    I’ve been looking at,
    Sky-Watcher Skyliner-200P FlexTube SynScan GO-TO Dobsonian Telescope,
    but have read that it’s not suitable due to step motors on the drive being a bit twitchy.
    My fall back would most likely be,
    Sky-Watcher EXPLORER-250PDS
    254mm (10″) f/4.7 Parabolic Dual-Speed Newtonian Reflector OTA.
    I’m sure it all comes down to the mount/drive probably, but not sure. Hopefully I’ll get a better sense of what’s what after talking to one of you peeps.


    • LEICSastro
      11th September 2016

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      Hello Paul

      Yes, next meeting is 13 Sep. 7.30pm


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